A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Blitzik Sports, has said that its basketball clinic was to encourage and tutor students, the rudiments of basketball from their tender age.
The organiser and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NGO, Mr Isaac Afolabi, made this disclosure at the indoor sport hall of the Ondo State Sports Complex, Akure on Friday.
“Our NGO focuses on sports development, and serves as an advocate of better welfare packages for the athletes” even as he urged the government to invest in other sporting activities in addition to football.
Afolabi, who is also a sportswriter, admonished athletes, who were still active to plan for their retirement age, by acquiring skills or pursue academic courses that would launch them back to the society.
He said some athletes without other skills did not find life so hard after retirement to the extent that they were not able to meet up with their bills.
Earlier, the General Manager of the Ondo State Sports Council, Mr Wande Fabuluje, had declared the event open, and urged others to support the initiator of the clinic in the efforts to develop basketball and other sports in the state.
Fabuluje added that there was the need to groom and showcase God-giving talents deposited in the young ones for future purposes.
“Who knows, some of these kids may be the ones to replace some of our ageing athletes,” he said.
The Chairman of the Ondo State Basketball Association, Mr Francis Gbiri, lauded the initiator for his zeal and love for sports development.
Gbiri charged the stakeholders in the sports industry, especially basketball coaches and players to emulate the gesture and contribute their quota to the development of the game in the country.
In the clinic game, Ondo Kings basketball team defeated Ekiti Invaders basketball team in a keenly contested friendly game with 25 points against 22 points .
The proprietor of Ekiti Invaders, Mr Oyebo Adebowale, however, lauded the brain behind the clinic, saying: “he has done a great job, the event afforded the students the opportunity to know that they can go to school and still participate in any sporting activities”.